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When the Sussexes decided that they could no longer thrive as senior working members of the British royal family, fans were devastated that their son, Archie Harrison would not grow up around his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Royal experts were also horrified that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex‘s son would not be able to spend time with his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Still, the Sussexes did intend to split their time between the U.K. and the U.S., but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has prevented that.

Instead, the Sussexes have resorted to keeping in contact with the royal family through Zoom and video calls. In fact, they often chat with the queen who adores seeing Archie.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle love their new life in California

In less than a year since leaving the royal family, the Sussexes have found their permanent home in Santa Barbara and they’ve also become financially independent after signing a multi-million deal with Netflix.

Though the royal family is reportedly not all that thrilled about the deal since they were not informed before it happened, and they fear it will distract from their work, the Sussxes have woked to repair their relationships with the royals while stepping into a life that makes them happy. Prince Harry is smitten with his new life. During a recent video call, he revealed via Daily Mail,

I am loving it. It’s fantastic. What I need is a few mini rugby balls that I can get Archie involved with the game…I’ve got a little bit of space outside which we’re fortunate enough to have. We’ve got a whole Rugby League world cup coming next year. I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for COVID.

Archie can often be seen on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Zoom calls

So far, the Sussexes have reportedly not hired a nanny to watch their son, after having a less -than stellar experience with a night nurse shortly after his birth. Instead, Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, splits her time between Santa Barbara and LA to help with her grandson.

Since Archie is always near his parents, he can often be spotted on various Zoom calls with the Sussexes’ team. “When Harry and Meghan do video-conferencing calls with their team and with members of the community, you will often see Archie pop into the camera,” Finding Freedom author Carolyn Durand told The Today Show. “He’s now walking a bit. They’re very, very hands-on parents.”


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Queen Elizabeth II is obsessed with seeing Archie and his red hair on Zoom

Prince Harry has kept in touch with his grandmother, the queen, his brother, Prince William, and his father Prince Charles via video call. They speak often, but especially on special occasions like the prince’s 36th birthday which is Sept. 15. “They always talk on important days like that,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair.

The queen reportedly enjoys seeing her great-grandson the most. A royal insider told Nicholl, “According to a family friend, The Queen loves watching Archie on-screen and has commented on his streak of red hair.”

It’s going to be so sweet when it’s safe for the queen to reunite with Archie.